Joseph Phelps Merlot Napa Valley 2006
Another Merlot and a nice one. Spice and cherry on the nose. The wine has good tannin with good acidity. Lots of red fruit and long finish.
Hasn't evolved much since the last time I tasted it. Tannin is still showing but promise is there. Think it needs at least another year or an hour of decanting to really show.
A great fruity nose. Some subtle oak. Very rich and smooth and a nice dry finish
Dark purple with dull purple edges. Vanilla and concord grape nose. Blackberry, raspberry, slight fig, with tar and tobacco. Far less sweet than the nose would suggest. Flat, brambly, slight chlorine taste on the back of the tongue, with a dry not-quite-licorice finish.
Ruby. Chocolate, spicy nose. Very well balanced wine with lush tannins, subtle oak and fantastic finish. I love Phelps' wine. Drank for my birthday. May have been aged a bit too long. Not much tannins left.